The online antique world also seemed to remain strong for many sellers, defying the usual mid-summer slowdown we expect when people are on vacation. YouTube live sales continue to proliferate, and our eBay sales were very good, with a 95% selling rate in our most recent batch.
Such a nice crowd and nice people at the Utica, Michigan Antiques Market earlier this month! It was great fun to get to meet new viewers and sell a ton at this show outside of Detroit, a place I’d never been before as either a shopper or a seller. 120 dealers under tents give them claim to being the state’s largest outdoor-only antique venue, and shoppers came from surrounding states. Here were some trends we saw at the show…
Roseville Pottery sold better than it has in years, with larger pieces and well regarded patterns (e.g. Pinecone) doing particularly well. American art pottery in particular seems to be making a comeback, as a new generation of collectors is finding pieces well priced after several years of declining values. We see in general that antique and vintage objects that used to be hot are coming back into favor at today’s prices; whether it’s green depression glass or Hummel figurines, they are selling again if priced properly for the current market.
One-day shows are reporting gangbuster sales as well. Our own experience at the Burlington Antique Show outside Cincinnati was amazing, where we did the sales volume of a typical three-day antique show in a 9 hour period! While we were fortunate to have good quality items from a great estate sale we hit in Kentucky, the sheer number of buyers guaranteed a good result (and a good time) for all. We’re hearing similar reports from other one-day shows. Special thanks to Tina from YouTube’s "A Vision in Vintage Co", who came to shop and then stayed to help me sell and pack items for an hour during the peak crush time of the show!
More Appraisal Fair videos will be coming soon, thanks to our collaboration with YouTube’s "AntiquesFromKaren - Janet," who invited us to help them evaluate the large collection left by their mother. Their channel features their quest to find new homes for her antiques and vintage, and will feature regular appraisal updates. We plan to use footage from this, an upcoming event in Centralia, Washington and a recent appearance at an appraisal fair in St. Petersburg, Florida to show you a variety of ways we work in the antique and vintage appraisal field. Stay tuned!
Our next event is Centralia Antique Fest, where I’ll be manning the appraisal table at this long-running antique vintage street fair, August 7-8, 2021. We look forward to seeing some of our Northwest viewers! Bring an item (or several) to be appraised, the sponsoring Downtown Centralia group will collect a small donation for the services.
Look for a museum video soon on our channel! We rarely get to film in these sorts of places, but a major midwest museum allowed us to show much of their rather incredible collection, including items of great American historical import. We look forward to seeing you (and it) on YouTube soon!